When you could have an enormous soccer match to play on a Sunday, most of us would favor an early night time on the Saturday. A quiet one in entrance of the TV. Nonetheless, for Radio 1 DJ Monki, aka Lucy Monkman, that isn’t an choice. She’s behind the decks into the wee hours earlier than grabbing a few hours sleep and heading off to play for her workforce AFC Phoenix in south London. We spoke to Monki about her love of soccer and the way she manages to slot in enjoying round her work as a DJ.

How lengthy have you ever been enjoying soccer?

I began after I was about 5, enjoying with my cousin down the park. I performed with the boys within the playground at college and I carried on enjoying with boys till I used to be instructed to cease by the FA! When you attain a sure age you’re not allowed to any extra and the faculties I went to didn’t have a women’ workforce so I actually didn’t have a possibility. I performed at a number of academies, Chelsea and Fulham, then stopped for a very long time earlier than getting again into it.

When did you cease enjoying?

I finished after I was about 15 or 16. I principally found clubbing. Then I began once more after I was 20. I joined fairly a low league simply to get again into it and performed five-a-side. I trialled for London Bees, who’re WSL2 [Women’s Super League 2, to be renamed FA Women’s Championship from 2018-19], however the dedication they wanted was too excessive together with my job. I joined the workforce I’m in now [AFC Phoenix] within the London and South East Division, so it’s nonetheless a fairly excessive stage. When you in contrast it with the lads’s pyramid we’d be convention [National League].

How typically do you play now?

We practice through the week and play matches on Sundays, which could be arduous for me with work. I’ve a tour supervisor to take me to my gig on a Saturday night time after which take me straight dwelling. I’ll sleep within the automotive on the way in which there, then I’ll sleep on the way in which again after which I’ll sleep at dwelling for a number of hours and get up for the sport! That’s how I handle it. If I’m DJing overseas clearly it may be unimaginable, although there have been a number of occasions when I’ve flown again from Ibiza and gone straight to a recreation.

What’s your favorite factor about soccer?

The camaraderie might be my favorite factor. It at all times revolves round mates. It’s one thing you’re sharing with 20 different individuals who have been enjoying with you each week for the previous a number of months, within the rain and the chilly.

And it’s escapism as nicely. Every time I play footy I don’t take into consideration the rest. While you’re on the pitch you’re within the second.

What place do you play?

I’ve performed each place this season besides centre again and in objective! Often I play proper wing, or quantity ten – up high generally.

What recommendation would you give to somebody seeking to get into soccer now?

5-a-side is nice method to get into it, as a result of it may be a correct leveller. Eleven-a-side is perhaps a bit tough at first, however there are many grassroots groups. There’s a workforce in Hackney known as Romance FC, all of them began enjoying solely three years in the past and didn’t even know how you can kick a ball. Now they play collectively each week they usually’re at all times accepting new gamers. If anybody in east London desires to hitch a brand new workforce I extremely advocate them.

Monki might be enjoying Lovebox Competition on Saturday 14th July. Her debut EP Voices is out now. Hear on Spotify or Beatport